13 Sep, 2011 @ 11:34
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Costa del Sol fire: In Pictures – UPDATED

Las Chapas mijas Barbara

DRAMATIC images taken by Olive Press readers, capturing the drama and scale of the fire which affected parts of Mijas, Marbella, Ojen and Calahonda 

A plane tackles the blaze from above in Mijas. Pic: Barbara Mojescik





The view from Las Chapas. Pic: Barbara Mojescik





Flames get perilously close to homes in Mijas. Pic: Reece Electronics








The fire lights up the night sky near La Cala. Pic: Stephen Cole





The blaze is believed to have started at around 8pm on Sunday night. Pic: Stephen Cole






The spectacular light show was tempered by the risk it posed. Pic: Austin John Brown




The frightening scale of the blaze is revealed in Mijas. Pic: Abi Fullbrook








The neighbour from hell. Pic Tamla-Jane Hall






The inferno towered over buildings around Mijas. Pic Tamla-Jane Hall





False dawn: The flames resembled a dramatic sunrise. Pic Tamla-Jane Hall




While elsewhere it was more like a lava flow. Pic Tamla-Jane Hall





Do you have photos of the fire? Send them to james@theolivepress.es and we’ll add them to the gallery.

James Bryce

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  1. Wonderful job by all the firemen, so so well done.
    Many thanks to them all for their care and attention.
    Also to all those who helped with the Helicopters.
    Also all the police who helped to evacuate people.

  2. Congratulations to the firemen for a job well done, it was a scary experience, even after we were evacuated and watched from afar. It’s a testament to them that there wasn’t more damage to property or loss of life.

  3. I’ve just heard about the aircraft procedures for fire fighting, by collecting water from the sea to dowse flames! Praise to the emergency services and all the best to anyone affected by the fires.

  4. I give these Firemen and volunteers a great deal of credit and praise for what they do to help people in an emergency -usually putting their own lives “on the line”. There is NO greater contribution than that. My Son is a Lieut. in a Fire Dept in the USA. He and his Dept make me proud for doing the same thing, day in-day out with little praise.
    I once overheard a quip – REAL fireMEN could fight fires equally well without WATER.. give them each a case of beer beforehand!
    We should have Firemen head our Governments and the EU.. they have a more dedicated, practical way to protect people.

  5. I work as a firefighter in Seattle, and own a holiday rental apartment in La Cala de Mijas. I was very worried when I saw the intensity and size of the fire, but my brothers and sisters in the fire service took care of it. Good job! Great leadership.

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